ZHS boys, girls sweep Bronco Relays

The ZHS boys and girls track team competed in its second outdoor track meet of the year on Friday as it hosted the Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance Bronco Relays.

The Broncos boys scored 138 total points to defeat West Feliciana (88), Dutchtown (84), Episcopal (79), St. Amant (63), Broadmoor (55), Port Allen (43), Northeast (7) and Brusly (3).

The Lady Broncos amassed 180 points to defeat Episcopal (76), West Feliciana (73), Port Allen (63), Dutchtown (49), St. Amant (48), Broadmoor (33), Brusly (33), and Northeast (2).

First place finishers for the boys included, Sean Burrell (200-meter, 400-meter, 110-meter hurdles), L’Jean Mcneely (300-meter hurdles), Chris Hilton (high jump), Ralph Holmes III (triple jump), Jon Burrell (javelin) and the 4x100-meter relay team of Chandler Whitfield, Sean Burrell, Xzavyer Carter and Kendall Cleveland.

Jon Burrell set a personal record with his winning javelin throw of 171-02.

Other high placers for the boys included Chandler Whitfield (third in 100 meters), L’Jean Mcneely (second in 110-meter hurdles), A’Dren Whitfield (fourth in javelin), Chaun Moore (fourth in high jump), Ethan O’Brien (fourth in pole vault). The 4x200-meter relay team of Chandler Whitfield, Kermit Johnson, Xzavyer Carter and Kendall Cleveland finished second.

The Lady Broncos had multiple first-place finishers including Indya Jackson (200 meters and 400 meters), Kristian Jackson (shot put and discus), A’Neseya Dunn (javelin) and Orsciana Beard (triple jump).

The 4x100-meter relay team of Kelsey White, Indya Jackson, Kayla Clifton and Kiara Bethley, and the 4x200-meter relay team of Kayla Clifton, Kiara Bethley, Indya Jackson and Hailey Fisher also were first.

Other top scorers for the Lady Broncos were Kiara Bethley (second in 100- and 200-meters), Orsciana Beard (second in 110- and 300-meter hurdles), Kayla Clifton (third in 100 meters), Ashlyn Davis (second in 1,600 meters), Carline Fontenot (second in 3,200 meters), Adley Bunch (third in 3,200 meters), Micah Taylor (second in shot put), Nya Lewis (second in long jump), Hailey Fisher (fourth in long jump). The 4x400-meter relay team of Monet McDaniels, Tameron Turner, Carrington Green and Hailey Fisher finished second.

Save the Date

The Zachary Athletic Department’s and Copper Mill Golf Club will host the annual four-person scramble golf tournament to benefit Zachary Community Schools Athletics on April 2. The tournament benefits athletics in all the Zachary Schools and is one of the most important athletic fundraisers of the year.

The entry fee is $400 per team ($100 per player) and includes all fees, prizes, food and beverages. Lunch will be served at noon with a tee time scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

"This is a day that our entire athletic department looks forward to because it gives us a chance to personally thank all of our supporters and spend some time with them," Athletic Director David Brewerton said. "We have received tremendous feedback from participants from last year’s tournament, and we plan to make this one even bigger. We are experiencing a stellar year athletically, and it’s a direct reflection of the support we receive from our community."

Door prizes will be provided to all participants with team prizes awarded for first, second and third place and individual prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and hole-in-one challenge.

“The best thing about the golf tournament is you have everyone supporting Zachary athletics in the same place having a good time, but for one cause, and that is to raise funds and keep the Zachary Broncos as the premier athletic program in the state," said local business owner and ZHS alum John Stagg.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for existing sponsors of Zachary athletics and new sponsors to advertise your business on the course during the tournament and/or donate a door prize. If you would like to find out more about sponsorship levels and opportunities, email david.brewerton@zacharyschools.org.

The deadline to register is March 26. Checks should be made payable to the Zachary Athletic Foundation and mailed to David Brewerton, Athletic Director – Zachary High School, 4100 Bronco Lane, Zachary LA 70791 or request a registration form and email to dianne.leblanc@zacharyschools.org.

Brown and Broncos continue to haunt West Monroe

With his first at bat of the night, Keilon Brown’s swing gave West Monroe’s baseball team an instant flashback to the Class 5A football semifinals three months ago. Brown’s triple lead off a tempo-setting first inning for the Broncos in tournament action on March 8 and great pitching by Joey Blanchard and Tanner Hall kept the West Monroe batters at bay in a Broncos victory. Blanchard struck out five in five innings and Hall struck out three batters in one inning of relief.

Brown finished with 3 hits and 5 RBIs. Rhett Hebert also picked up two hits in the Broncos victory. Brown came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and delivered another triple to beat the Rebels by 10-run rule 14-2. The Broncos lost to Sam Houston 4-5 and beat Sulphur 5-3 during the tournament.

Warren Brady covers sports for The Zachary Advocate & Plainsman. He can be contacted at zachary@theadvocate.com.